Campus: San Francisco State University -- February 2, 2005
IBM to Wire S.F. State University with Unified Collaboration,
E-mail, Web Conferencing
San Francisco State University and IBM have signed a $2.3 million agreement to
upgrade the University's communication technologies, bringing unified e-mail,
calendaring, group collaboration and Web conferencing to students, faculty and
For the first time, SFSU will have these capabilities, offered by IBM's new
open-standards based Workplace Collaboration Services on a secure, highly available
IBM eServer pSeries hardware infrastructure.
"With IBM's unified solution, we can deliver a broad range of secure communications
applications and services on a scale unmatched at any other public university,"
said Jonathan Rood, SFSU associate vice president for information technology. "By
providing a single portal into the essential daily activities of our diverse
population, we will dramatically simplify communication, increase campus
productivity, and foster efficiency by reducing and consolidating numerous legacy
Once the portal is launched, the entire SFSU community will be able to maximize
the University's investments in technology to collaborate, communicate and work
efficiently from remote locations. For example, a study group will be able to log
on securely through the portal to access its customized home page. From there,
students can access personalized class schedules, chat online with other students
and faculty, instantly set up and host a live Web conference, and post research,
ideas and questions specific to their group's focus in a customized team room. As
another example, faculty will be able to post such information as dates of tests
and due dates for term papers on the calendars of students in their classes.
Students' class schedules will automatically be posted on their calendars after
registering for classes using SFSU's online or touchtone registration.
SFSU has long been interested in establishing customized online portals and
collaboration solutions for its nearly 29,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff,
and 18,000 additional users. The majority of SFSU students are urban commuters
leading busy lives, often juggling school and job and family responsibilities.
SFSU students, faculty and staff will benefit from a new communications environment
that includes: IBM Workplace software for e-mail, instant messaging, document
management and team collaboration; Tivoli software to centrally administer thousands
of users, including access, setup and updates as well as provisioning computing
resources on demand; WebSphere Portal software to provide a single point of
personalized interaction with people, applications and content; and built-in,
This year the University is engaged in design and development, with a pilot
environment planned to be launched later in the year. The full suite of services
will be deployed incrementally over the next three years.
Students, faculty, staff and other SFSU users will have access to all of the IBM
tools at no cost to them. IBM's focus on customizing its Workplace platform for
higher education, coupled with its technology accessibility for those with
disabilities, were key selection criteria for the University.
Clay Helm, IBM Media Relations, 415-545-2212,
Matt Itelson, SFSU Public Affairs, 415-338-1743,